Lord Chaitanya in Dhenkanal

 Lord Chaitanya on his way to jharikhand is said to have come to Dhenkanal. He came to dhenkanal unknown to many along with Ballabhadra bhattacharya. Jharikhanda forest being very large included a large area within states of Jharkhand , Odisha and west Bengal. Part of Dhankanal was within the jharikhanda forest. Chaitanya Charitamrita : Lord Chaitanya Visit to Vrindavan. Madhya lila chptr 17.


Madhya lila chptr 17

After attending the Ratha-yatra ceremony of Sri Jagannatha, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu decided to start for Vrndavana. Sri Ramananda Raya and Svarupa Damodara Gosvami selected a brahmana named Balabhadra Bhattacarya to personally assist Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Early in the morning before sunrise, the Lord started for the town of Kataka. North of Kataka, He penetrated a dense forest and came upon many tigers and elephants, whom He engaged in chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra. Whenever the Lord had a chance to visit a village, Balabhadra Bhattacarya would beg alms and acquire some rice and vegetables. If there were no village, Balabhadra would cook whatever rice remained and collect some spinach from the forest for the Lord to eat. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was very pleased with the behavior of Balabhadra Bhattacarya.In this way the Lord passed through the jungle of Jharikhanda and finally reached Varanasi. APPROACH Rail – Dhenkanal Railway Station. Road – 26 Km. From Dhenkanal, regular bus services are available apart from hired taxies.